Functions for manipulating and comparing Debian version strings. Compliant with Debian policy version 3.9.2. and Debian developers reference version 3.4.6
The following functions compare any two strings, that is these functions do not check whether the arguments are really legal debian versions. If the arguments are debian version strings, then the result is as required by debian policy. Note that two strings may be equivalent, that is denote the same debian version, even when they differ in syntax, as for instance "0:1.2.00" and "1.02-0".